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Information about the Keep America Connected Pledge
In an effort to help support low-income families and Americans in need of options to connect to the internet to engage in remote learning and telework, the FCC has announced that hundreds of broadband and telephone providers across the country have taken the Keep America Connected Pledge. They have agreed to specific steps over the next 60 days for those financially impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic including:
For full details on the pledge and a list of companies who have taken the pledge click here: March 13th and March 16th pledge announcements. Many of these companies are going further to support families in need of relief and in Maine, additional opportunities may exist to keep your family connected. Below is a list of options available, detailed by the provider to help you navigate your options.
We will work to update these links, add more companies, and share information as it becomes available. If you are aware of broadband discounts or services in your area that are not listed or if you are a provider that is offering free or discounted broadband services please email Jason Judd to be added to the list.
Charter currently serves many communities in Southern, Mid-Coast, and Northern Maine. This map provides a visual for areas currently serviced with the addition of Otisfield not shown on the map.
Comcast/Xfinity is offering free 60-day access to qualified low-income households who currently lack broadband at home through the Internet Essentials program (usually $9.95/ month). This program includes a modem and router mailed to your home for self-installation. If your family doesn’t have a computer, low-cost laptops are also available to Internet Essentials customer. They have also opened their WIFI hotspots to all users.
Comcast currently serves the following Maine communities. Southern Maine: Kittery, Eliot, Berwick and South Berwick. Mid-coast Maine: Bath, West Bath, Brunswick, Freeport, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Woolwich, Durham, Harpswell, Topsham and Phippsburg.
Study-from-car hotspots offered to Maine local schools by the University of Maine System's NetworkMaine.
AT&T has opened all hotspots to the public and extended unlimited data to current customers while at home.
Sprint has opened all hotspots to the public and extended unlimited data to current customers while at home and an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data for the next 60 days. In addition, anyone with an international calling plan is now eligible for complimentary international calling rates from the US to countries listed by the CDC as Level 3 during the pandemic.
T-Mobile has enabled all customers with handsets to enable hotspots to connect other devices at no charge for the next 60 days. They have extended unlimited data to current customers and an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data for the next 60 days. In addition, they are offering complimentary international calling to all customers from the US to countries listed by the CDC as Level 3 during the pandemic.
Additional Resources for remote learning:
LogMeIn is making "Emergency Remote Work Kits" available for free for three months. Those kits are designed for nonprofits, schools, and health care organizations that aren't already customers. The company also says it will work with existing small-business customers to provide access during the same time period. The kits include GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar--where users can host presentations for up to 3,000 users--and LogMeIn, which provides remote desktop access from numerous devices.